With the embarrassment of the Kin lurking in the background, Microsoft has a lot riding on Mobile 7, especially when coming in so late in the game. And where is the Microsoft Tablet? I'm not talking about a clunky small laptop running Windows XP that accepts touch commands. I'm talking about an iPad killer. Microsoft thought the tablet market was dead, then Apple goes and sells 3.7 million iPads. Steve Balmer is confident that the Microsoft version of the tablet will leave Android in its wake saying "If with the application base, with the tools that we have, with the user understanding and momentum and everything going on, we can't compete with...whatever the weird collection of Android machines is going to look like, shame on us." Balmer shouldn't be so quick to rule out the Android tablet as viable competitor. Especially considering that Microsoft doesn't even have a smart phone on the same planet as Google. They really need to consider what a tablet and a smart phone is used for. A tablet is a consumption device. No one wants to type out a word document on a touch screen. They want to watch movies, listen to music, and read aggregated news from multiple sources. And you should be able to tether your phone to your tablet to get on the Internet without having to pay for a second data plan. If they can come up with something that hits on these features and that doesn't look like or behave anything like Windows, they may just have a fighting chance at redemption.